Review: Things I Can’t Forget (Thousand Oaks #3) by Miranda Kenneally

12551082 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: March 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
Series: #3 (Hundred Oaks)
Length: 320 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes and Noble)

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt–with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

review

Miranda Kenneally has done it again everybody! *CLAPS EXAGGERATEDLY* Seriously! She’s one of the BEST author out there. This book is just WOW! While reading this book, I felt like I was with the characters the WHOLE time. Things I Can’t Forget is a companion novel to the other Hundred Oaks books, and you could totally read it as a standalone, but it’s better (in my opinion) if you read the two previous books so you can have a background on the other characters since they do appear in this book as well as the future Hundred Oaks books. I felt like that was a run-on sentence, but you get my point.

This novel is about Kate who is a very pious person who often sees things in black and white, but when she attends a camp as a counselor, she starts realizing that things aren’t always black and white. She discovers that her truth isn’t everyone’s truth, and she has to respect other people’s beliefs. I seriously love each and every character in this book as well as the characters from the previous books! Parker and Will from Stealing Parker are actually supporting characters in this book which is great because I love those two! Jordan from Catching Jordan appears about three times in the novel which is also great because I love her! Heck, I LOVE everything about this series!

The romance is very realistic and cute. Matt is an adorable character. He’s funny and I love how he is passionate about music and books! I also like how the parents in this book (and the rest of the Hundred Oaks series) makes a lot of appearance. I hate it when parents suddenly go MIA just so the guy and the girl can have the house all by themselves and have sex.

Overall this book is just amazing! If you’re looking for books that involves friendship, first love, and adventures, then you MUST read it. I also realized that if you pick up and start reading any of the books from this series that it’s VERY hard to stop. You’ll always tell yourself “one more chapter”. Trust me. I had to memorize 100 vocabulary words for a test I had the next day (which was today, so this happened yesterday) and I chose to read this instead and IT WAS FREAKING WORTH IT.

5 of 5

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8 Responses to “Review: Things I Can’t Forget (Thousand Oaks #3) by Miranda Kenneally”


  1. 1 Charlotte December 11, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Very nice. The fact that you chose to read this instead of studying for your exam is enough to convince me to try this one out. I love reading books that have dynamic familial relationships and this book clearly has one especially that you mentioned about the parents always being present. Hahaha.

    Adding this now to my GR Want to Read list. Thanks for the review, Leigh.

  2. 2 Jeann @ Happy Indulgence December 11, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Wow, glad to hear that you really enjoyed this book Leigh! Sounds like the cutest contemporary. Great review!

  3. 3 Stephanie (Hopeless Romantics) December 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    I picked this book up awhile ago and didn’t finish it before I had to return it to the library. I wasn’t in love with the first couple chapters but I might have to consider giving it another chance. Great review =)

  4. 5 Xpresso Reads (@Giselleco) December 13, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Yay I really enjoyed this one to and you’re right all of her books are impossible to put down! The characters are all SO realistic and the setting really brings you there completely! And studying for exams is way less important than finishing an awesome book imo 😉 So happy you loved it, too, Leigh! Great review! 🙂

    • 6 Leigh (LittleBookStar) December 14, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      haha yaaaay I’m so glad you also like Miranda Kenneally’s books! It was TOTALLY worth it finishing this book and THEN procrastinating on my exam, but on the bright side, I got a 100/100 on my vocab test so it’s a win-win!

  5. 7 Charlotte December 13, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Ooo, I read Catching Jordan and quite liked it but wasn’t sure if I should continue on with the series because of some things I overlooked. I might check this serious out again after reading your review. Thanks Leigh! 🙂


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